Two cars were set aflame and graffiti was sprayed on the wall in Deir Jarir, east of Ramallah, around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.
The IDF and the non-governmental group B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, assumed that the perpetrators were Jewish extremists who carried out a “price tag” attack.
On a wall next to one of the torched cars, vandals spraypainted the following statement in large, red Hebrew letters: “Jewish blood is not cheap. Tapuah is Kahane.”
They appeared to be referencing a Palestinian knife attack against a Jewish boy, 17, at Tapuah junction in the West Bank last week. Many supporters of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane live at the nearby Kfar Tapuah settlement.
The IDF said it viewed attacks such as the one in Deir Jarir very seriously and warned that they inflamed tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, and distracted the army from its primary mission of fighting terrorism.
On Monday, Dani Dayan, the outgoing chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, warned that such attacks imperiled the future of the settlement movement.
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